teting blood surgars

"LIL" Dolly
By "LIL" Dolly Latest Reply 2010-11-18 14:22:06 -0600
Started 2010-11-11 11:25:33 -0600

I test on my fingers & forearms

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Carol 77
Carol 77 2010-11-12 18:56:46 -0600 Report

I test on the palm of my hand. It is lest painful then the fingers. My fingers don't give much blood to test and my palm does. I do not feel the prick at all.

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-13 14:23:03 -0600 Report

do you get get better readings onthe palm of your hand than anywhere eles

let me know & write back soon

Carol 77
Carol 77 2010-11-13 15:13:46 -0600 Report

In my case there is not much difference in the palm or the fingers. I can only prick my right hand and fingers due to having breast cancer on left side. I try to move around on right palm and the fingers get very sore. Right now my sugars are very high and am trying to gain control again. Working with my doctor as he refused me my insulin and I was without for 2 weeks. It is coming down slowly. Not fast enough for me. I will be seeing him in another week and I am hoping for better results.

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-13 21:45:34 -0600 Report

why did he refuse to give you your insulin, may god bless you
write me back soon I will chat with you whenever you wan

jayabee52 2010-11-12 20:13:08 -0600 Report

I had to take my bride Jem's blood because she was totally blind (not DM related).

I sometimes had a dickens of a time getting blood out of her at all. We did fingers, thumb, forearm (didn't think of trying the heel of her hand). Sometimes she was simply a "tough stick" 'cause she wouldn't bleed or would bpeed but not enough to get a reading.

. She had to take a blood thinner (coumadin/warfarin). Sometimes we had to get her well hydrated and then try again later if we couldn't get the blood to flow.

Jem was also known as a "tough stick" among the phlebotomists & RNs too. (Eventually we had a port-a-cath installed so she could get blood draws and IVs easier.)

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-13 14:19:29 -0600 Report

good luck with the port-a-cath let me know how that works for her, I'm egar to find out about it. sometimes it is hard for me to prick my fingers or forearmss an it hurts

write back soon

jayabee52 2010-11-13 16:01:15 -0600 Report

Sorry Gwen

She used the port-a-cath only for IV infusions and for blood tests they needed to draw for the lab. Not for BG testing. We still had to poke her fingers or arm to do the BG test

In fact her PCP held off from allowing her to have it because of the danger of infections which could come with it. (Jem could use only 1 or 2 antibiotics as she had a bad reaction to most others - so infections could be life threatening for her). She was constantly low on magnesium, and to take it by mouth gave her the "dumping syndrome" so PCP finally agreed that having the port-a-cath was worth the risk of infection.

As far as the port-a-cath working well, it depended on the knowledge and skill of the person trying to access the port. Some could make it work well, others, —— well lets say, not so good.

Hope that clarifies for you

jayabee52 2010-11-13 22:49:28 -0600 Report

Yes, but not the plans that may be usual.

My Jem passed away in July, and now I cannot stay here. I am moving to where I had been living (Las Vegas) before coming here to marry Jem. So my plan is to pack up the things of my new home and ready them to move back.

Not a lot of fun,

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-18 14:22:06 -0600 Report

where do you live right now, I live in Las Vegas, Nv. myself it is a very fun place to live I think so do my 2 dogs

Texasjan 2010-11-12 15:34:06 -0600 Report

I was testing on the heel of my hand. It is much more comfortable that my fingertips, however, when I took a diabetes class a few weeks ago I stopped. The nurse giving the class said you get a better and truer reading using your finger tips. So now I am back to testing on my finger tips. Ouch!!! Somethings we just have to endure.

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-12 18:37:12 -0600 Report

sound like that really hurt on the heel of your hand glad that you are back testing on your fingers

let me know that works out for you

Texasjan 2010-11-12 19:03:37 -0600 Report

The heel of my hand didn't hurt at all, it's my fingers that suffer. Sometimes I get bruises on my fingers where I test. That is why I started using the heel of my hand. Since taking the class a couple of weeks ago, I am using my fingers tips again since they said you get a truer reading there. ry washing your hands in warm water before testing it increases the circulation and gets blood down to your fingers better.

Texasjan 2010-11-13 21:41:14 -0600 Report

The heel of my hand is thicker skinned than the palm, so it doesn't hurt. The part that I was using was the sort of inside. If you turn your left hand palm up, it is the part of the heel that is below the ring and pinky finger on the heel of your hand.

Carol 77
Carol 77 2010-11-12 09:36:16 -0600 Report

My daughter has to help me test because I cant see good enough to do it. She tests on my palm and fingers.

"LIL" Dolly
"LIL" Dolly 2010-11-12 18:40:42 -0600 Report

does that hurt on the palm of your hand I sure can't do that I just use my fingers, my husband or my brother-in-law has to help me with my insulin shots

GabbyPA 2010-11-12 08:13:09 -0600 Report

I still only test on my fingers. I don't have a meter that is designed to have alternate testing sights. I have heard that the fingers are still more accurate.

Harlen 2010-11-11 12:28:05 -0600 Report

Thats good
You know that on your arms will be a little old and your fingers will be up to what you BS is right now
Best wishes

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